Sons of the American Legion
The Sons of The American Legion (S.A.L.) is a program of The American Legion established in 1932 in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the S.A.L. have assisted The American Legion with their programs and activities. In 1997, they attained an all time high membership of over 201,302 members nationally and should surpass that for 1998. The largest Detachment (State level) has over 27,000 plus members. Trophies and awards are given to Detachments and Squadrons for the largest membership and the largest increase in membership. The American Legion, the Sons of The American Legion, and the American Legion Auxiliary form the “Legion Family.” Our family boasts a combined total membership of nearly 4.2 million members.
Membership in the S.A.L. is open to all male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion. Also accepted are any such descendants of veterans who died in service during the eligibility periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of The American Legion or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service. Since the eligibility age begins from date of birth, activities and programs of squadrons are determined by age groups within squadrons and the needs of the community. Just as each Legion post determines the extent of its service to the community, state, and nation, so each squadron is permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet its own needs. The average age of an S.A.L. member is estimated at 33 years of age.
The Sons of the American Legion have study programs recommended for younger members, however, this is not limited to just them. The program is called The Ten Ideals, patriotism, health, knowledge, training, honor, faith, helpfulness, courtesy, reverence, and comradeship.Once completed, members may continue with another program called the Five-Point Program of Service. This program covers patriotism, citizenship, discipline, leadership, and legionism.
The Sons of The American Legion is more than just membership. On all levels, they have worked together with The American Legion to promote a wide variety of programs, including assissting the local posts in all activities, Veterans programs (VAVS), VA home and hospital volunteering, Children & Youth activities, and fund raising. Since 1988, the Sons of The American Legion have raised over a half million dollars for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, including $148,000, in 1997. The members of S.A.L. have donated over 126,000 volunteer hours for 1997 in the Veterans Hospitals throughout the country and raised over $346,000 that has gone directly to the VA hospitals and VA homes for a variety of items including TVs, radios, medical equipment, and clothes for the patients.
The Sons of The American Legion is one of the organizations that make up the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition formed to secure Flag protection legislation through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. S.A.L. volunteers work to establish local networks by having petitions available and handing out informational material. They alert the community of the importance of Flag display and respect, while encouraging Flag education programs in schools and other local organizations.
Activities of the Sons of The American Legion are covered, in-depth, in their newsletter National Update which is produced three times per year.
If you are interested in receiving additional information about
the Sons of The American Legion programs, please write to:
The Sons of The American Legion
Detachment of Arizona
4701 N. 19th Ave Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85015-3727